Quite often when fishing some species like to hide out in the high weeds and lilies that line the banks of rivers, lakes, ponds, and marshes. Oftentimes when using traditional fishing tackle in this kind of terrain, you end up losing your hook by snagging weeds. You also tear weeds up from the bottom of the body of water you are fishing and end up scaring the fish off with all the commotion you are causing.
To keep from experiencing this problem, a special kind of hook is needed for fishing this kind of terrain. The kind of hook is called a weedless hook which is one with a wire that wraps from the shank of the hook around the point of the hook and back to the hook’s shank in a spring loaded manner that keeps the hook closed until a fish bites it. This kind of hook can easily be made with a few simple materials.
There are a few things you will need to make your own weedless hooks. The first thing you will need is a pair of pliers. Along with this you need a hairpin, a fishing hook, and a soldering iron and some solder. With these things in hand the project can easily be completed.
To make your own weedless hooks, wrap one end of the hair pin around the top shank of the fish hook. Then set the curved part of the hairpin onto the hook’s point in a manner that when the hairpin is pushed the hook opens up to allow the point to go into a fish to catch it. Now take the other end of the hair pin and wrap it back around the top part of the hook’s shank. With this done, use the solder and soldering iron to place a small bit of solder on the hook at the point where you wrapped the hairpin’s ends around the hook’s shank. At this point the weedless hook is completed and ready to use.
To use the hook, tie it onto your fishing line just like any other hook. Then place your bait or lure onto the hook. Make sure that the hairpin is closing back on the hook’s point. This is needed to keep the hook from catching on any weeds. At this point cast the hook out into the area you want to fish. Then when you have a bite on the hook set it into a fish just like you would any other hook. With proper technique, you will now be catching those sneaky fish hiding in the weeds and lilies of your favorite fishing spot. This time though, you won’t have to worry about losing your hook in the weeds or pulling up weeds with your hook. The author wishes you best of luck in your future fishing.
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